By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON — City officials learned Friday its Times Square Mall Water Tower has been chosen as Tank of the Year by the Tnemec Company.
"This is an extreme honor for the city of Mt. Vernon to receive this national recognition," said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. "It's also recognition for the planning and teamwork it took to get the water tower completed."
Nearly 200 water tanks and towers from across the country were contenders for the honor, which is sponsored by Tnemec Co., an industrial paint coatings supplier. Mt. Vernon's tank will be featured on the cover of a promotional calendar for 2014 which is created for Tnemec Co.
According to information from the cityl, the "bold and colorful design of the tank was recommended by the Brand Leadership TEam created as a result of the City's 2012 rebranding project.. The new water tower includes the brand's colors, logo and tagline, 'Creativity Redefined.' The brand's new look has started to be utilized throughout the community in areas such as wayfinding, letterhead designs and publications. Through its west side location, this water tower provides a solid visual impact of major transportation arteries and numerous businesses."
HMG Engineers, Inc., provided the water tower engineering design, and it was constructed by CB&I. Painting was completed by TriKote Industrial Coatings, LLC., which also nominated the tank for inclusion in the calendar contest.
The award is sure to be a topic at the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park. The agenda includes bid results for a 30-inch sewer line for the Waste Water Treatment Plant; a request for permission to seek quotes to invest bond proceeds; a report on capital projects; a second reading on an ordinance to rezone property at 28th and Veterans Memorial Drive from mobile home to secondary business; a second reading on an ordinance to rezone property at Veterans Memorial Drive and 34th Street from agriculture to secondary business; a resolution approving a design contract with Roundtable Design for sidewalks on South 42nd Street; and a resolution of support for the development of a leaf and landscape waste disposal program.